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Seminar to Help Cope with a Devastating Diagnosis

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A panel of medical professionals from Antelope Valley Hospital will present “Dealing with a Devastating Diagnosis” at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. Presenters include Roger Girion, PhD, executive director of mental health services; Clinical Ethicist Miriam Piven Cotler, PhD; Daniel Khodabakhsh, M.D., emergency physician and medical director of palliative care; and Patricia Karnstedt, RN, MSN, OCN, cancer program coordinator and cancer survivor.

The free hour-long lecture will explore:

  • Common reactions to negative news about your health.
  • Tools to help you navigate feelings of sadness, anger, fear or depression.
  • How to share your news with others.
  • Helpful tips for responding to others’ reactions to your condition.

“Learning you have a life-altering health condition can be scary and cause a number of emotional responses,” said Dr. Girion. “We want to provide helpful counsel and empathy for those whose world seems turned upside-down by a diagnosis.”For more details, click here to view the lecture event page on Facebook and RSVP.Opened in 1971, the hospital’s mental health unit is the only inpatient facility of its kind in the Antelope Valley. An expert team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, mental health technicians and clinical social workers provide compassionate and comprehensive care.